Loss of a Pet

Often a child's first experience with death is when a pet dies. Here are some books that may help to comfort and explain.

Forever Dog

By Bill Cochran and Dan Andreason (illustrator)

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Mike and his dog Corky plan to be best friends forever, so when Corky becomes sick and dies, Mike is angry about the broken promise. JE Fic Coc.
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The Accident

By Carrick, Carol

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After his dog is hit by a truck and killed, Christopher must deal with his own feelings of depression and guilt. JE Fic Car.
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A Bug Cemetery

By Frances Hill

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Neighborhood children imaginatively stage funerals for dead bugs, but they experience real sadness following the death of a pet. JE Hill

Suggested for ages 4 - 8

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A Dog Like Jack

By DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan

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After a long life of chasing squirrels, licking ice cream cones, and loving his adoptive family, an old dog comes to the end of his days. JE Fic DiS

Suggested for ages 4 - 8

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Alfie and the Birthday Surprise

By Shirley Hughes

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The death of Bob's cat prompts his friends and family to give him a surprise birthday party and a very special present. JE Fic Hug

Suggested for ages 4 - 8

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Cat Heaven

By Cynthia Rylant

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God created Cat Heaven, with fields of sweet grass where cats can play, kitty-toys for them to enjoy, and angels to rub their noses and ears. JE Fic Ryl

Suggested for ages 3 - 8

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Dog Heaven

By Cynthia Rylant

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God created Dog Heaven, a place where dogs can eat ice cream biscuits, sleep on fluffy clouds, and run through unending fields. JE Fic Ryl

Suggested for ages 3 - 9

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Goodbye Mousie

By Robie Harris

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A boy grieves for his dead pet Mousie, helps to bury him, and begins to come to terms with his loss. JE Fic Har

Suggested for ages 4 - 8

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Goodbye, Max

By Holly Keller

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Ben blames his parents for the death of his dog, Max, and does not want the new puppy they brought home. JE Fic Kel

Suggested for ages 3 - 7

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Jim's Dog Muffins

By Miriam Cohen

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When Jim's dog is killed, the other first graders are sad too and go through the same natural reactions. JE Fic Coh

Suggested for ages 4 - 8

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